Maryland has emerged as a hotspot for UFO sightings, with nearly 2,000 reports of unidentified aerial phenomena in the state according to data from the National UFO Reporting Center. Home to Andrews Air Force Base and the U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland’s high number of sightings is encouraging to Peter Davenport, director of the NUFORC.
“It’s heartening to me that so many people are coming forward now. We are getting significantly more reports than just six months or a year ago,” said Davenport. “I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m encouraged that more people are reporting sightings and the government is taking the UFO phenomenon seriously.”
One recent eyewitness, Greg Facelo from Port Deposit, described an anomalous object he saw crossing the sky over a period of 30-45 seconds. Facelo noted the object’s unusual motion and appearance, saying “If it was a natural occurrence like a shooting star or comet I wouldn’t have reported it, but this looked like it was made by some intelligent life form.” While unsure of what exactly he saw, Facelo believes it could have been extraterrestrial.
In addition to Maryland, data from the Pentagon’s All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office shows many sightings along the southern Atlantic coast and in Japan and the Middle East. Typical reports describe rounded objects 1-4 meters in size, often silver or translucent in appearance. Some are stationary while others move at incredible speeds up to Mach 2. The recent uptick in credible sightings from military personnel and civilians has sparked growing mainstream interest in the UFO phenomenon.